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couth

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adjective \ˈküth\

Definition of couth

  1. :  sophisticated, polished Although they disagreed with the speaker, they were couth enough to listen to him respectfully.

Examples of couth in a Sentence

  1. he's remarkably couth for someone who grew up in a small town with limited cultural opportunities

Origin and Etymology of couth

back-formation from uncouth


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couth

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Definition of couth

  1. :  polish, refinement I expected kindness and gentility … but there is such a thing as too much couth. — S. J. Perelman

Examples of couth in a Sentence

  1. their future son-in-law's lack of couth was of some concern to this patrician couple

Origin and Etymology of couth

see 1couth



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